Jacqueline Feke is an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Her research examines the history, philosophy, and rhetoric of the ancient Greek physical and mathematical sciences. Her forthcoming book, Ptolemy’s Philosophy, presents the first-ever reconstruction and intellectual history of the philosophy of Claudius Ptolemy, the second-century mathematician.
This talk will provide an introduction to Ptolemy’s philosophy : its scope, major claims, and appearance across Ptolemy’s corpus in his texts on astronomy, astrology, harmonics, cosmology, and psychology.
- Wednesday 9 May 2018, 17:00-19:00 - EHESS (room AS1-08), 54 boulevard Raspail 75006 Paris
"Ptolemy on theoretical and practical philosophy"
In the very first lines of the Almagest, Ptolemy responds to a contemporary debate over the relationship between the theoretical and practical parts of philosophy. In this talk, I will examine Ptolemy’s accounts of theoretical and practical philosophy and address what their respective roles are in Ptolemy’s virtue ethics.
- Tuesday 15 May 2018, 17:00-19:00 - EHESS (room A04_47), 54 boulevard Raspail 75006 Paris
This talk will examine the epistemology and ethics of Ptolemy’s harmonics with a focus on the scientific method Ptolemy prescribes for harmonics and the application of harmonics in his study of astrology, astronomy, and psychology.
- Wednesday 16 May 2018, 15:00-17:00 - EHESS (room 13), 105 boulevard Raspail 75006 Paris
"Ptolemy on mathematics and categories"
Ptolemy defines mathematics in Almagest 1.1, and he investigates the causes of mathematics and mathematical objects in Harmonics 3.3. In this talk, I will examine the nature of mathematics and mathematical objects within the larger context of Ptolemy’s account of the three theoretical sciences : physics, mathematics, and theology.
- Tuesday 22 May 2018, 17:00-19:00 - EHESS (room A04_47), 54 boulevard Raspail 75006 Paris